Sunday Lecture: Preserve and Protect: The Legacy of Primitive Sheep Breeds with Judith MacKenzie
Sunday May 6, 1 p.m to 2 p.m., 4-H Hall
For tens of thousands of years sheep and humans have travelled the earth together. These hardy animals provided things that made life possible for us – milk, meat, bone and leather and, of course beautiful fleeces to clothe us and keep us warm at night. We wrote on their skins, we made tools and art with their bones, and we felted tents, rugs and blankets with their wool. In return we gave them two essential things: we led them to water and we protected them from predators. We, of course, selected animals for characteristics that suited us and we continue to do so. By doing this, we modify the genes that we bring forward, often with unforeseen consequences. In this talk we’ll examine these consequences and discuss the reasons for maintaining a healthy variety of ancient breeds.
Class Fee: $5, payable at the door on a first come, first served basis.
Judith MacKenzie is the ultimate textile artist and teacher. She has an in-depth understanding of every aspect of spinning, weaving, knitting and dyeing. Her teaching career spans the globe from such fascinating places as above the Arctic Circle all the way to Turkey. Judith is the author of Teach Yourself Visually: Handspinning and The Intentional Spinner. She often writes for Spin-Off, Knits, and Handwoven. She lives in Forks, Washington.